Morning Meetings and Closing Circles: Classroom-Ready Activities That Increase Student Engagement and Create a Positive Learning Community

Morning Meetings and Closing Circles: Classroom-Ready Activities That Increase Student Engagement and Create a Positive Learning Community

by Monica Dunbar

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Overview

Transform the way you start and end the school day with the fun, interactive, and adaptable lessons, exercises, and activities in this easy-to-use classroom management resource designed with busy teachers in mind.

Daily classroom routines are proven to engage students, build trust, and support learning on all levels. But finding fun and interesting ideas for every day is difficult, not to mention figuring out how to incorporate them into an already jam-packed schedule. Morning Meetings and Closing Circles is here to help. From establishing rules and expectations to time management techniques and helpful meeting props, this book will impart the ins and outs of starting and ending each day with an effective meeting.

With 100 classroom-ready ideas, connecting with your students throughout the school day has never been easier. Plus, with suggestions for tailoring activities to your own unique classroom, you will be able to create more meaningful experiences for your students. Build a safe community that fosters positive attitudes and academic growth by bookending the day with a morning meeting and a closing circle.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781646040674
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Series: Books for Teachers
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 218,240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Monica Dunbar is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for making connections with her students. Her love of education has led her to teaching in the Canadian Arctic; creating educational materials for teachers around the world; and sharing her opinions, insights, and experiences on her blog at www.iheartgrade3.com. When not in the classroom, Monica enjoys being at home with her husband, three children, and their lovable Samoyed, Nova. Most of her free time is spent at nearby arenas, with a cup of warm coffee in her hands, watching her children chase their dreams of Olympic gold medals and NHL stardom.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Are Morning Meetings? 3

Chapter 2 What Are Closing Circles? 8

Chapter 3 How Do I Start a Morning Meeting and Closing Circle Routine 12

Chapter 4 Starting Your First Morning Meeting 17

1 The Harmony Handshake 22

2 The Staring Contest 24

3 Practice Eye Contact 26

4 Three Minutes of Silence 28

5 Listen Up Everyone! 30

6 Family Matters 32

7 Introducing One Another 34

8 Practice Special Handshakes 38

9 Greetings Galore 40

10 I Love Your Smile 42

11 Bringing It All Together 44

12 What Is Bullying? 46

13 How Does Bullying Affect You? 49

14 Demonstrate What Anger Looks and Feels Like 51

15 Use Calming Techniques 53

16 Acknowledge Personal Strengths 55

17 Lift Up Others 57

18 Use of Technology in the Home 59

19 Early Bird or Night Owl? 61

20 Sleepyheads 63

21 Keep Those Energy Levels Up 65

22 Kick-Start the Day with a Dance 67

23 Thinking on Your Feet 69

24 Two Truths and a Lie 71

25 The Importance of Being Honest 73

26 When Is a Lie Not a Lie? 75

27 Who Can I Trust? 77

28 Blind Trust 79

29 R.E.S.P.E.C.T 81

30 What to Do When I Don't Get What I Want 83

31 I Am a Good Friend 85

32 My Responsibilities 87

33 My Strengths 89

34 My Weaknesses 91

35 The Importance of Flexibility 93

36 Emoji Madness 95

37 Name That Tune 97

38 What Does a Teacher Do? 99

39 What Does the Principal Do? 101

40 Describe the Ultimate Vacation 103

41 Three Strikes and You're Out! 105

42 The Importance of Altruism 107

43 How I Will Change the World 109

44 Sweet Smells 111

45 Would You Rather…? 113

46 Fruit Salad 115

47 For the Love of Pets 117

48 The Alphabet Game 119

49 Growth Mindset 121

50 Random Acts of Kindness 123

Chapter 5 Starting Your First Closing Circle 125

51 What Went Well for You Today? 129

52 What Can You Improve for Tomorrow? 131

53 Show Appreciation 133

54 Listen to the Sounds All Around the Classroom 135

55 End the Day with a Good Laugh! 137

56 The Meeting of a Lifetime 139

57 Promote Happiness All Around 141

58 Stomp Out That Anger 143

59 Saying Goodbye 145

60 Smile! 147

61 I Am Unique! 149

62 What Is Bullying? 151

63 Putting a Stop to Bullying 153

64 Recognizing Our Anger 155

65 Putting Our Calming Techniques to Work 157

66 The Kindness Circle 159

67 Do the Right Thing 161

68 Is There an App for That? 163

69 Rise and Shine 165

70 Go to Bed, Sleepyhead 167

71 Feeling Sluggish 169

72 Create a Song Playlist 171

73 Think Quickly 173

74 A Glimpse into the Future 175

75 The Story of My Name 177

76 Nicknames 179

77 People I Trust 181

78 A Cause Close to Your Heart 183

79 Showing Respect to Those Around Us 185

80 Family Traditions 187

81 How to Be a Good Friend 189

82 My Responsibilities at School 191

83 Hip Hip, Hooray! I Was a Great Person Today! 193

84 Demonstrate Emotional Control 195

85 Give a Little, Take a Little 197

86 Explain Your Day with an Emoji 199

87 What's Wrong with Being Confident? 201

88 Appreciating Teachers 203

89 Interact with the School Principal 205

90 Community Helpers 207

91 Gamers Galore 209

92 Thinking of Others Before Ourselves 211

93 Lending a Helping Hand at Home 213

94 This Classroom Smells So Good! 215

95 Would You Rather…? 217

96 What Do I Need Math For? 219

97 I Cannot Live Without 221

98 Celebrate the Small Stuff 223

99 Random Acts of Kindness 225

100 Up for Grabs 227

Conclusion 229

Bibliography 231

Acknowledgments 232

About the Author 234

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